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Michael Jackson’s 45-degree forward tilt now explained

Whether you admit or not, pop culture will never be the same without the iconic gravity-defying 45-degree forward tilt of “King of Pop” Michael Jackson in his “Smooth [REDACTED]” performance. According to scientists, the dance move invented by him is an impressive illusion.

As we all know, Michael Jackson introduced it in 1987 for his music. Then, he went on to perform it live couple of times.

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Numerous fans tried to mimic what he did but obviously, nobody can do it better than him.

In an inquiry led by Nishant Yagnick – an avid fan, and other neurosurgeons, they conducted a scientific study on how Michael Jackson did it.

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According to their findings, most skilled dancers can only perform the forward tilt not exceeding 25 to 30 degrees.

As stated in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India, they said:

“During the move, a strain is shifted from the erector spine muscles that support the spinal column to the Achilles tendon.”

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In addition, they said:

“This allows for a very limited degree of forwarding bending from the ankle joints while keeping a stiff straight posture – unless you are Michael Jackson. MJ pulled off a gravity-defying 45-degree move that seems unearthly to any witness.”

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It was then revealed that Michael Jackson always wore custom-made shoes equipped with a triangular platform in the heels which attached to a peg made from metal – which usually comes out on the stage floor whenever needed.

This is the explanation why Michael Jackson can create this impressive dance move illusion.

Even though his iconic gravity-defying 45-degree forward tilt was now explained, Michael Jackson’s dancing skills were still remarkably amazing!

“Even with specially designed footwear and the support of the hitch member, the move is incredibly hard to pull off, requiring athletic core strength from strengthened spinal muscles and lower-limb anti-gravity muscles.”

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“Trick or not, new forms of dancing inspired by MJ have begun to challenge our understanding of the modes and mechanisms of spinal injury. Ever since MJ entertained us with his fabulous moves, throughout the world dancers have tried to jump higher, stretch farther, and turn faster than ever before.”

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